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A MATURE IMPALA RAM HAS AN AVERAGE:

 

SHOULDER HEIGHT: OF 48 INCHES

WEIGHT: OF 120 POUNDS

HORN LENGTH: OF 22 INCHES

 

MINIMUM SCI SCORE OF 54 INCHES (Length of both horns + circumference of bases)

IDENTIFICATION: Athletically-built, medium sized antelope. The upper body of the impala is a deep reddish brown that becomes lighter in color along the flanks, chest and belly. There are characteristic black bands on the tail and buttocks. Patches of black hair occur above the ankles. The throat and chin are white. The short, thin tail is white with a black line down the centre. The ears have black tips. Only the males have horns.

HUNTED IN: Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Zululand and in the Kahalari; seldom in the Free State.

HABITAT: Open woodland with sufficient water - especially thorn, can also found in more dense woodland areas along rivers, and on the edge of woodland and grassveld or floodplains. Water dependent.

HABITS: Grazes and browses. Gregarious; usually forms herds of 6-20 and even more than 100 in the winter. Territorial males during the rut, bachelor herds and breeding herds can be distinguished. During the rest of the year territorial males join breeding or bachelor herds. Adult males establish territories during the mating season; they use communal dung heaps and scent-mark the grass and bushes with pre-orbital glands. Mainly diurnal and rests during the hottest part of the day.

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